The Neuroscience of Pop Songs

In this lesson, students familiarize themselves with the chemicals and hormones responsible for our emotions. They then use this knowledge to provide a scientific analysis of a pop song of their choice.

Media

Some media may contain mature content. Discretion is advised when viewing with students.

Lesson Plan

Start by explaining that almost every popular song is an expression of emotion. Sometimes songs are happy, and other times they are sad. Sometimes they are about love, and other times they are about heartbreak. Sometimes songs express anger while other times they are about going to the club and having a good time. While music is often a poetic way to abstractly express feelings, there is in fact hard science behind all of these emotions.

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Lesson tags: Eighth, Eleventh, Music, Ninth, Science, Tenth

Cassie Brown

Cassie Brown Cassie Brown is an award-winning playwright and performer as well as an experienced educator. Cassie currently teaches enrichment classes in magic, model airplane building, and outdoor adventure skills. She has a degree in Early Childhood Development in addition to a Bachelor's in Film Studies with a minor in Education. Cassie honed her understanding of student-centered education while at Sesame Street, where she spent years learning the value of combining entertainment with education.